The best web designers in Canberra

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Whether you’re a small business owner, a marketing executive for a big brand or a salesperson converting prospective buyers into loyal customers, you can’t overestimate the importance of a professional and well-designed website.

A purpose-built website is more than a nice piece of design. It should be intuitive and easy-to-use. It should also work equally well on mobile devices, tablets and PCs.

Designing a website that’s functional and attractive isn’t as easy as you might expect. For a successful website project, you’ll need to hire a professional digital company. This can help you sort through the complexities involved. It can also help you streamline your project.

In this article, we’ll outline the qualities to consider when choosing a website designer, and share where to find the best in Canberra.

What makes a great website designer?

There are plenty of resources for building your own website. A professional web designer, however, understands the technical, visual and functional aspects of web design and structure. They are experts at developing unique site. This is a site that reflects your brand and supports your business to grow.

Choosing the right website designer can help fast-track your project. It can also take the stress out of dealing with a technical environment.

  • Technical know-how. You’ll want a website designer who uses a platform that suits your needs, whether that’s WordPress, Drupal or another site-building platform. Seek advice from your website designer on different platforms. Make sure they have experience with the one you choose.
  • Eye for design. A huge part of web design is, well, the design. Your finished website should be as attractive as it’s straightforward to use. Check out website designers’ own websites. Also explore their portfolios. You can even ask the designers to talk you through projects they’ve completed.
  • Briefing and communications. Check your chosen web designer pays attention to your brief. Ask for an in-depth conversation at the start of your project. Cover your needs, desires, target market, culture, style and competitive edge. Make sure your web designer is a great communicator. This will help you understand what you’re getting. It can also minimise costly revisions.
  • Search engine optimisation (SEO) knowledge. Search engines are complex beasts. You’ll want a website designer who understands all that is involved. This way, existing and new clients can find you. Make sure your designer clearly communicates what SEO is. Ask how you can take advantage of it.
  • Value-for-money. It’s no secret that higher quality, more complex sites can be more expensive. Whatever your budget, you’ll want to shop around for quotes. This will make sure you pay a fair price and get value-for-money.

The best website designers in Canberra

Riotact’s editorial team has combed through 20 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.

To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on Riotact and Facebook as well as maintaining a minimum average of 4/5 stars on Google.

FIBER

FIBER

FIBER is a Canberra-based digital marketing agency that offers bespoke digital marketing and web design and development services.

FIBER’s team of dedicated UX and UI designers and developers produce graphics and content that seamlessly integrate between a business’s websites, apps, social and online marketing platforms. FIBER believes the best design is an equilibrium of functionality and aesthetics, and they know that websites are the most important marketing tool to date. The team is dedicated to constructing a site that will be mobile and tablet responsive, fast to load, easy to navigate and, of course, have a fresh and elegant look. FIBER also ensures that it will be simple for clients to modify and maintain the site themselves after handing over the reins.

As Stephanie Bow says of FIBER on Google, “We switched from previous SEO agency and started working with Kevin and his team from start of 2019. Our relationship has gone from just managing SEO to now powering all of our marketing, everything digital.”

Unit 10/1-3 Altree Court
Phillip ACT 2606

Zenneo Design

Zenneo Design brings together experience, energy and new age designs to build creative, innovative and functional websites. Its designers believe a website is the foundation of any business’s success. Zenneo Design helps clients define, develop, and launch websites with ease.

BBS Homes wrote on Google, “Amazing design work. We have had everything from our website tom promotional work done by the Zenneo Design team and each time their work is fantastic. Great value, quick and always have great advice.”

Swell Design Group

For more than 20 years, Swell Design Group has breathed life into brands, digital experiences and built forms with strategic thinking, collaboration and personality. Its close-knit group of designers and developers create digital strategies, designs and build websites. Swell Design Group offers IOS applications and UX consultation services. The team also works with branding, in print and with signage and wayfinding.

On Google, Marty Bradstreet wrote, “Great team of designers that go above and beyond expectations!”

Subz Designs

Subz Designs is a web design agency providing professional web design services. It also provides the full suite of digital solutions. This includes mobile app development to social media marketing and support. Subz Designs works with businesses of all sizes and across all industries. Its websites are attractive, functional and inspire action.

Mina Zaki wrote on Google, “Working with Subz Design was a great experience. They’ve been professional and responsive. We’re very happy with the look of our new website.”

Whilst you’re searching for a web designer, you might also like to look at our articles on the best marketing agencies, the best graphic designers, the best photographers, the best videographers and the best billboards and signage our city has to offer.

Your experience with website designers in Canberra

Thanks to our commenters who have provided insightful feedback. If you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.

Have you had experience with any of the Canberra website designers listed above? If so, share your feedback in the comments below.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I choose a website designer?

You’ll want a website designer with an excellent portfolio, proven experience and great communications skills. You’ll also want one who wants to learn about your business and your brand. Choose a company that will design and build your website to deadline and budget. And make sure you choose a designer with a personality you can work well with.

How much does it cost to have a website designed?

The costs involved are influenced by many factors. This includes the type of website you need, its size, complexity and functionality. If you run a small business, you might not need a highly complex website, which means you might not need to pay as much as, say, a large corporation. Make sure you ask for detailed and itemised written quotes. Do so before you sign any agreement. Also ask how you’ll be billed.

Can’t I just build a ‘do-it-yourself’ website?

You can build your own website, and there are plenty of platforms for doing so. The question is: “How well do they work for your business?” Developing effective websites that are intuitive and drive business to you are complex. There’s a lot involved.

Who owns the website after it’s built?

This is a good question. It’s a good idea to discuss this in advance with the website designer so it’s clear before you begin.

How do I keep my website up-to-date?

This is something you should discuss early with your website designer. You might want to manage your own website. Or you might want ongoing external help. With external help, you’ll want to work out how much this will cost. Again, ask for detailed and itemised written quotes.

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LCB Painting12:46 pm 05 Nov 22

I decided to get a website for my painting business and within one week it has already paid itself off with new clients. I love my new website! Check it out – https://www.lcbpaintinggroup.com.au/
The service I received from Project Simple the website company was amazing. I know nothing about technology and they made everything so simple. Look no further than https://www.projectsimple.com.au/. I’m going to leave a positive review for these guys everywhere

You need to be a little bit more honest here mate. People are not stupid! I’ve worked as a digital marketer for over 12 years and no website ranks high organically in just a week and starts receiving enquiries.

I’ve looked up your website URL and your home page is the only page that is currently indexing on Google (Its not ranking for any keywords) and you can see the results yourself when you type this on Google search/address bar ‘site:lcbpaintinggroup.com.au’.

I’ve also noticed that you are running Google Adwords campaign (PPC – Pay Per Click) which is most likely how you had some enquiries but that’s something every individual/business can do and its not rocket science especially if you have the money to bid high.

People here are after genuine feedback, and results including relationships between client and businesses. I would recommend working with the business for at least 6 – 12 months before jumping on to conclusions and making such recommendations.

(I’m really not sure if this review was actually written by the business owner because I’ve never seen someone leave a review saying ‘I’m going to leave a positive review for these guys everywhere’.)

LCB Painting10:48 am 02 Dec 22

Ok, that’s an interesting reply! Did I get a quote from you guys? Feel free to call me on the number on my website so I can confirm my honest review at any time. And yes I do have a google ad?? Since posting my review I’ve made my money back at least 4 times now. I should have got a website a long time ago. The web agency have been great to work with.

Carl Ibrahim3:59 pm 04 Nov 22

I highly recommend using subz designs. Tansu and his team are very knowledgeable and professional. Our business is ranking first on Google and we’ve been getting a lot of enquiries since we got our website rebuilt. Tansu is an absolute legend!

Brandon Hart6:45 pm 27 Oct 22

I used Project Simple to help me build a website for my trade business. James was amazing to deal with, he explained what was going on every step of the way. He listened carefully to everything I wanted and was very flexible when I wanted changes. I would absolutely recommend these guys to anyone needing a website. Thanks again for a job well done.

subz-designs8:35 am 26 Apr 22

Hi George,

We take reviews and customer feedback seriously. If you believe that our reviews are fake than feel free to report them to Google instead of bad mouthing businesses.

We’ve had a great experience working with Tansu and his team from Subz Designs. They were knowledgeable and fast in delivering what we were after. Highly recommended!

I’m a front-end web designer that works for Project Simple in Canberra for the last 3 years, so I would like to mention our web design agency for those looking for quality customer service and professional web design. Any of our clients would be happy to verify the positive experience they’ve received working with us – https://projectsimple.com.au/

I would like to add Max Ideas for stunning website design and development. Based on Canberra, they are very efficient, qualitative and quick to deliver any projects. Have a very good team and transparent in price.
https://maxideas.com.au

Canberra Handyman8:41 pm 29 May 21

I recently started my own business and decided to approach subz designs for my website build. I knew from the first meeting that they were the right people to work with. They’ve guided me throughout the whole process and answered all my questions as well as helped me in setting up my emails and hosting. I strongly recommend Tansu and his team!

https://subzdesigns.com

Chris Spartan4:38 pm 29 May 21

I chose to work with the https://stavridisgroup.com.au team. Excellent conceptual webpage and logo design skills and attention to detail. Easy implementation and review process. Provided exactly the services we needed, in a timely way, meeting all promised deliverables admirably.

Daryl Ornsby7:28 am 02 Feb 21

I recommend Creative Web Tech, who are new start-up business in Canberra. They provide affordable website development and hosting services for small business.

http://creativewebtech.com.au

I found subz designs through Riot ACT. We’ve decided to go with them for our website revamp and hosting. Extremely happy with the service!

I would also like to recommend that https://icemedia.com.au be added to this list. They do wonderful work.

allisondowling12:55 pm 16 Oct 20

My friend recommended Design Social to us and they did a great job, https://designsocial.com.au/web-design/canberra/
Smart guys who are real easy to deal with and do beautiful work.

Looks like this list needs updating – looks like it was done in 2016.

burgesslandscapingcanberra12:50 pm 14 Nov 19

Call Tansu from subz designs. We got him to build our website back in 2017 and the phones been going off since. This bloke’s too good at what he does.

I highly recommend Subz Designs. I’ve got my website developed by them and it was an amazing experience.

New kids on the block, but with a decade of experience in web design, mobile app development and online publishing. Ideal for small businesses and sole traders because we offer everything they need to get started online. No commitment till design is satisfactory, so try us out: https://websitediaries.com.au

Tommy Southern1:15 pm 18 Feb 19

I know several businesses who have recently used https://www.ed.com.au and they were very happy.

Check out Planetmedia in Canberra. I know its a late reply but just leaving this comment out here. I’m representing the company because I had a very positive experience with them in the past and I started working for them after a few months. Quality service and value for money. http://planetmedia.com.au/

Stephen_French7:46 pm 22 Mar 18

Can definitely recommend http://www.orphixmedia.com. Small group, got us pointed in the right direction.

We also use http://www.technowand.com.au. Very happy with their service. We’ve been using them for years.

Have a look to Baha Agency.
They did a solid work and fees are not too bad. They are based at Gorman Arts Centre.
Website is https://www.baha.agency

I know this question was posted in 2012, but if anyone is looking for a Web Designer in Canberra in 2017 I can help you out! I’ll come to you anywhere in Canberra for a face to face meeting. Check out my website to see my past work – https://kylecrisp.com.au

Hi Bella,

I run a small business here in Canberra and also down the coast , We are air con installers for residential and commercial properties.

In the past we had tried different web design company ranging from local to even who are TV celebrities but none really providing us steady growth, It was usually a spike of enquiry and would burn out.

We were recommended to by a friend to http://www.technowand.com.au and have not looked back. They really made a difference to our business. Things have been going well for us and I am sure the website plays an important role.

Good mob and very easy to deal with.

All the best.

It’s 2017 and I’ve noticed some of these businesses are no longer around, but we are. I love to build websites and develop custom automation solutions for small businesses, check us out.
https://www.shooshmonkey.com/websites

hermionestranger9:26 am 11 Oct 16

greenbamboo said :

Hey Bella. I got my website done by Technowand in Canberra. They were very helpful at all times.

Definitely would recommend Technowand – https://technowand.com.au/

I was also once searching for a company to complete a web site for my sister’s cafe, but I was not lucky enough to get exactly what we wanted. So I decided to make a web site by myself, and I was searching for a site developer to help us here: http://www.webbuildersguide.com/website-builder-categories/best-website-builders-for-cafe-and-restaurants/
After that, we managed to come up with something we really wanted, by our own and with no extra expenses.

Many thanks all!

Hey Bella. I got my website done by Technowand in Canberra. They were very helpful at all times.

Holden Caulfield said :

http://www.sculptcommunications.com.au/

A small studio that has the ability and experience you’re looking for.

I would second these guys – Kynan is a very talented designer.

To the OP – just remember, you get what you pay for. If you want your website full of bugs and not working on different browsers. Sure, go the cheaper option. If you want something that is well thought out, is easily able to be updated by you and not just a template site, then you will need to pay a bit more.

Hi Bella,

I’m a copywriter and work with a local web designer to offer packages that are highly affordable for small business. Check out the Launch package – http://www.rachelziv.com.au/website-design.html – which is specifically designed for local service businesses requiring an online brochure-style website for under $500.

Holden Caulfield6:21 pm 24 Sep 16

http://www.sculptcommunications.com.au/

A small studio that has the ability and experience you’re looking for.

Hi Bella. I had my site designed about 6 months ago. ED were very good. Locally based. But it does really depend on what you need? The other company I have used for another web based project was Pugh Morgan. They also did a great job. They are based in Melbourne but I didn’t find that was an issue.

Subz Design is an I.T business which specialises in Mobile Application Development, Software Development, Databases, Graphic Design, and Web Design and Development. We aim to offer customers with the best services at unbeatable prices. All of our staff are experts in diverse fields of I.T with many years of experience. We are offering computer services in the Canberra region that includes fresh installation of windows, hardware replacements, building custom computers and other services. Contact us for a quote today.

http://www.SubzDesigns.com.au

I have found apps and websites developed for my business by Web Network Pty Ltd to be of superior quality and value for money.

They can be contacted:
http://www.web-network.com.au/development/Website-Wordpress-Development.html

I prefer Australian Companies like Web Network, who provide free no obligation quotes, since you can meet with them and discuss your ideas, needs and wants.

Shoosh Monkey IT Solutions do websites that are inexpensive and modern. http://www.shooshmonkey.com
Here’s some examples of two Canberra businesses who had their website created or redesigned:
http://www.arvwrepairs.com.au
http://www.blitzsecurity.com.au

Hope that helps.

I was asking my son if he knew of any local website designers who were reliable and not too expensive. I just want something simple. The suggestions on this thread seem to be a bit dated now so he came up with a few names, but these ANU students stand out. They are called Wedje Designs http://www.wedje.net/. Prices seem better than most and they do sites for University groups as well as small businesses.

http://www.simple-websites-direct.com.au

Their work and services was excellent.

I highly recommend Zenneo Design http://www.zenneo.com . It is run by two local brothers that really know what their customers want. They organised everything for my website from the hosting to design and explained their recommendations in detail. I got a free set of business cards that matched my new website design and they even manage all my desired changes for a small monthly fee. If you want someone who manages it all end to end then definitely contact the guys as Zenneo Design.

brockmjohnston11:48 am 13 Jan 14

http://www.capitalwebresults.com – kick-ass FREE unlimited support, can get you online in days not weeks, free mobile version of your site and plenty of extra services that you’ll need like Google Adwords, PPC and SEO. Free quotes and consultation so no risk here!

Try Invidia in Canberra, they always deliver good affordable work for my clients. http://www.invidia.com.au

Robertson said :

For those in Canberra who are fans of the sexist approach to life, you may want to consider Webchicks:
http://www.webchicks.com.au/

It’s similar to the idea that if you have enough monkeys with typewriters you’ll get the works of Shakespeare; given enough chickens and computers you’ll get a decent website.

For those in Canberra who are fans of the sexist approach to life, you may want to consider Webchicks:
http://www.webchicks.com.au/

robbiemanzano10:05 am 14 Nov 13

I highly recommend Synapse for all web-related things. On just a strategy session alone, I learnt more in one hour than I have in my young business life. When it comes to website design and web development and how it fits your business structure I strongly recommend getting in contact with Sam. Here’s a link to his website.
http://synapseworldwide.com/

Robbie

synapseworldwide4:34 pm 23 Sep 13

I think every business is different and there are plenty of solutions out there to suit every need.

Design/visual aspect is not the only important factor in the success of your website. You need to take the time to plan your web strategy and set some goals. Don’t do something for the sake of it. Take the time to understand your website visitors and then present your website to manage their expectations accordingly.

Whether you are a micro business looking for low cost websites or a large enterprise looking to embrace digital economy, you can take advantage of our FREE 1 hour website analysis and consultation. (Not sales pitch)

You can request your FREE Website Analysis and Consultation on http://synapseworldwide.crushpath.me/sam-gupta

It is important to plan everything around your web strategy and keep it focused towards your goals.

We truly believe in the potential of Canberra businesses and would love to help you succeed online.

Sam
http://www.synapseworldwide.com/

http://www.ed.com.au

We were immediately impressed with their portfolio, with minimal direction ed delivered a great website for us, looks great and easy to navigate. The on going work with them has been easy and we have a great working relationship with them. In a nutshell – I would highly recommend them.

maclean_cherry11:36 am 05 Dec 12

Shameless self promotion here, but thought I would throw myself in the group.

SuperFreddi Web Design We’ve started up this year and have done a few different projects for some local businesses in Canberra.

We do Web Design, SEO, SEM, Social Integration, Ecommerce etc.

Give the mob at http://www.technowand.com.au , They built our restaurant website.
They are honest, creative and provide attention to detail and best of all economical, We shopped around the got quotes any where from $ 21 K to 1 K !

aussieboy said :

The best way to set up a website is to purchase a template from a site like themeforest for around $35, purchase server space (~$15 per month) and purchase a domain name.

You then install a free content management system (such as wordpress, which RiotACT uses incidentally) to your server and just edit the template.

Yes it’s a bit more work than paying someone, but why pay thousands to a web developer to start something from scratch when there are extremely slick looking customisable templates available that will cost no more than $300per year?

Excellent advice. For example, you could find a web host that provides nopCommerce site installation if you want to sell stuff online, and then search for templates that have colours, fonts etc that you want. You can use a helper application like Microsoft’s WebMatrix to test things on your local machine at first. It will take a few hours to configure your own site, but you’ll be able to do everything yourself and not have to pay someone by the hour to make mistakes.

Just learn how to do it yourself, it’s way better.

Holden Caulfield10:12 am 24 May 12

Keijidosha said :

Lazy I said :

AlpineViper said :

Oxide Interactive.
http://www.oxideinteractive.com.au/

Care very much about their work. Big believers in usability

That is why their website is slanted at 30 degrees?

Nothing says usability to me like having to tilt my head to avoid a migraine.

Not to mention that the website doesn’t render properly in IE.

Due to the angle I’d be surprised if it rendered in anything properly. Gotta give the poor little pixels a chance!

From a pure design point of view it doesn’t look *that* bad. But it’s just a really dumb way to present work online.

Lazy I said :

AlpineViper said :

Oxide Interactive.
http://www.oxideinteractive.com.au/

Care very much about their work. Big believers in usability

That is why their website is slanted at 30 degrees?

Nothing says usability to me like having to tilt my head to avoid a migraine.

Not to mention that the website doesn’t render properly in IE.

Beware paying for anything upfront! Never a good idea, really, and especially not with websites. No incentive to deliver a good product. And also beware paying ongoing fees to support websites.
DIY- check out WordPress and Elegant Themes for plenty of great stuff for very little money. There are great tutorials on YouTube that can show you how to DIY.

(disclaimer: i am a developer working on this site)

you might want submitting your request to http://ozlance.com.au/

the site will notify only canberra developers and request a price quote from them

AlpineViper said :

Oxide Interactive.
http://www.oxideinteractive.com.au/

Care very much about their work. Big believers in usability

That is why their website is slanted at 30 degrees?

Nothing says usability to me like having to tilt my head to avoid a migraine.

Oxide Interactive.
http://www.oxideinteractive.com.au/

Care very much about their work. Big believers in usability

Web123 is a great option for a small business website. Affordable, easy to use CMS and plenty of assistance with SEO, Marketing and Social Media. Find out more at http://www.web123.com.au or contact me on natasha@web123.com.au as I’m based in Canberra. Enjoy your week!

The best way to set up a website is to purchase a template from a site like themeforest for around $35, purchase server space (~$15 per month) and purchase a domain name.

You then install a free content management system (such as wordpress, which RiotACT uses incidentally) to your server and just edit the template.

Yes it’s a bit more work than paying someone, but why pay thousands to a web developer to start something from scratch when there are extremely slick looking customisable templates available that will cost no more than $300per year?

+1 for Agileware. Very reliable, innovative ideas, can build just about anything.

Before you go buying, perhaps check out your planning using our free design and website build questionnaires.

http://greenfieldstoolbox.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/GFT_BRANDING_Questions_YourCompanyName_DD-MM-YY.pdf

http://greenfieldstoolbox.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/GFT_WEBSITE_Questions_YourCompanyName_DD-MM-YY.pdf

And, if you want a quotation, its free. Get in touch: http://greenfieldstoolbox.com.au/contact/

Of course practicality, suitable design flare and responsive client engagement are ready and waiting for you – plus a whole lot more.

icantbelieveitsnotbutter1:55 pm 04 May 12

http://emvydesign.com/

I’m related to the Director so obviously I think they’re tops… speak to Marc if you call them

Me. Well, me and a mate:)

But before you settle on someone, as a client, you need to skim through this website as a guide of what not to do when you are a client. http://clientsfromhell.tumblr.com/

I am happy to recommend Benb in Fyshwick. I got three quotes for our website and they were the cheapest by far, and their service and quality of work has been excellent.

funkylovebunny11:51 am 04 May 12

funkylovebunny said :

I’ve a friend who creates them in a week for only $250 (plus domain name if required): their email is . My friend used to be Canberra-based but has recently migrated interstate so they are likely unable to meet face-to-face on a regular basis (short of return visits to Canberra, which happen semi-regularly). However, another contact in Canberra could offer the personal touch if needed, but usually organising this via email/phone is a simple enough process.

their email is invest@live.com.au

funkylovebunny11:50 am 04 May 12

I’ve a friend who creates them in a week for only $250 (plus domain name if required): their email is . My friend used to be Canberra-based but has recently migrated interstate so they are likely unable to meet face-to-face on a regular basis (short of return visits to Canberra, which happen semi-regularly). However, another contact in Canberra could offer the personal touch if needed, but usually organising this via email/phone is a simple enough process.

Voodoo Creative is brilliant, John and the guys are all great.

http://www.voodoocreative.com.au

PS–I am not related to any of the crew at Agileware, nor do I know them outside of a professional context. Just thought I’d throw that in!

Having had dealings with a number of outfits, I cannot highly enough recommend Agileware. Prompt, well priced, polite, excellent work and all round good people. It shouldn’t be that you feel so happy when you find a company that makes you feel like you’re not being robbed blind or bullshitted to, but that’s often the case with IT companies. Not so with these guys–give them a call.

StrangeAttractor11:22 am 04 May 12

I work for wollemi systems, and we have a team that do exactly what you’re after! We’re based in watson.

http://www.wollemisystems.com/

I am currently working with a company called Coordinate and have been really impressed with the results so far. I gave them a really broad range of requirements and by our first meeting they had put together a preliminary design which was exactly what we needed. Would recommend to a friend.

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